Cancer: Health Services

Health written question – answered at on 4 May 2011.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for future commissioning of the publication of cancer outcome data which are not included in the NHS outcome frameworks.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

We are committed to improving outcomes for all cancers and “Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer” (January 2011), a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, set out how we will achieve this. The Office for National Statistics routinely publishes data on cancer mortality and survival rates. There is a range of other outcomes data that we have previously published and which we intend to publish in the future. For example, the patient experience survey in 2010 included outcomes data in relation to patient experience, and we intend repeating this survey in 2011-12, but the indicators have yet to be determined. We are likely to also publish cancer outcomes data in relation to the Public Health Outcomes Framework.

Working with a number of other countries, we are running the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership project which is collecting international cancer outcomes data. Some of the results have already been published and we expect to publish more data in due course.

The Strategy also includes a commitment to publish annual reports to measure progress on implementation and on improving cancer outcomes.

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